Resurrecting this very old thread…
So my Sony home theatre amp stopped any audio output the night after my wife
used the wireless headphones which have the base station that plugs into the
After a bit of poking around, I realized that the tip of 1/4" plug broke off
inside the the jack. Secondary to that, I was surprised this has never
happened before as the 3.5mm to 1/4" converter only has the tip attached by
friction fitting, these are not permanently attached to the shaft. What kind
of bonehead designs something like that.
I’ve since disposed of the other 2 or 3 of these crappy adaptors for ones
that have the tip solidly attached.
So Q-tip with the end cut off and a dollop of crazy glue didn’t work, I tried
a number of times, also tried very fine electronics tweezers but can’t get
past the spring holding the tip in. Also can’t find a small enough magnet
tool to fit in the jack.
I popped the lid on the amp, but the jack is a closed model so I can’t get
the tip out without dismantling the amp and desoldering and likely replacing
Spoke with the owner of Ho’s on recommendation of a friend who’s in the
He quoted at least $100 to take it apart and repair it. Though since the
space is now so much closer, I might come down and try it there myself first.
I also have a second identical model of the Sony amp with a broken HDMI input
plug. I suspect that’ll be a lot more complicated and I can get Ho to handle
that. End goal is to have 2 working amps, but I guess I could sacrifice one
amp for parts.
Notwithstanding all the above, anyone ever work out a more reliable method to
get the broken tip out of the 1/4" jack?